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Cross Sound Express Whale Watching

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Gustavus, AK, USA
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About Cross Sound Express Whale Watching
To begin with...I do not delete, hide or edit ANY reviews on this page. That being said...our vessel is 50’ long with seating for 28 passengers and an open back deck with a rain awning for viewing and photography of the whales and wildlife. We depart from the Gustavus City dock which is approximately 9 miles from Glacier Bay Lodge and Glacier Bay. From there we generally take the 7.2 mile crossing in Icy Strait to an area by Chichigof Island known as Point Adolphus. The crossing takes about 35 minutes and quite often we will check out Sea Otters on the way over. Once we get to PA (Point Adolphus) we position ourselves near the whales and shut off the engines so we can drift with them and we place our Hydrophone in the water to hear their sounds over our speaker system. Although we always see whales (up close) we usually also see many Stellar Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and sometimes the occasional Alaska Brown Bear strolling the shores of Chichigof Island. During the course of the tour we offer information about the area, the whales, and the other wildlife we encounter. On the average we see Orca (Killer Whales) about a dozen times a season.
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James W wrote a review Jun 16
Juneau, Alaska2 contributions1 helpful vote
Awesome whale watch ! Todd & Sarah are knowlegable, fun and the best in Alaska. Organized, enthusiastic and welcoming.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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goodinfo wrote a review Aug 2021
Kabul161 contributions141 helpful votes
This was a great experience. We saw at least three pods of humpback whales and were often times surrounded by them. On more than one occasion, they swam directly toward out boat (50 ft) and at the last minute dove under the boat. During this four hour excursion, we also saw sea otters and eagles. CPT Todd and Sarah were very friendly and communicative. My favorite event however was when we shut down the engine, and CPT Todd put a hydrophone in the water and we could hear the sounds of the whales' communicating with each other. The complete silence of the Icey Bay area coupled with the whale sounds from the water was something special. There are two things to do in Gustavus, AK - the NPS all day boat trip involving about 125 round trip miles and this Cross Sound Express tour. Do them both - I would do them both again in a minute.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Robert G wrote a review Aug 2021
Valdosta, Georgia95 contributions66 helpful votes
This is an excellent crew and outfit. They really know the area and how to get close to the humpback whales. We saw several breaching multiple times and caught a quick glimpse of a couple of killer whale fins. The best part is when they turn the engine off and drift as you can really hear the whales breathing. There are sea otters everywhere as well. They spend several hours on the water about 30 minutes from the dock and it is really worth it. There is coffee, hot chocolate, snacks and a bathroom on board and seats inside if you wish. Very reliable to get you back to dock in time to catch an afternoon flight.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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chemicaldude wrote a review Jul 2021
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma200 contributions22 helpful votes
The trip was awesome! We saw at least 20 different humpback whales with probably 4 to 5 different pods and anywhere from 3 to 7 in each pod. We saw seals, porpoises, even a jellyfish. Lots and lots of different birds including a bald eagle. The crew were very knowledgeable and enjoyed sharing their experiences.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Mabel G wrote a review Jun 2021
Sparta, Wisconsin67 contributions72 helpful votes
We booked this trip on our last day in Glacier Bay - it was supposed to rain, so hiking didn't sound as much fun. We're so happy we didn't miss this opportunity! Whales, whales, and more whales! All humpbacks with lots of tails. Todd even found a group of 5 who were feeding together. Great experience!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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